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Seven days in Thailand Add to ...

The Globe's East Asia correspondent, Mark MacKinnon, has been sending live Twitter updates from the streets of Bangkok for the past week. With just 140 characters and a few photos snapped on his phone, he's relayed a fascinating perspective of Thailand's political upheaval.

Note: Twitter update timestamps reflect local time in Bangkok

April 17

• 10:38 a.m: Three more Bangkok malls shut by Red Shirt protest. Hyatt Erawan closed too RT @RichardBarrow SIAM PARAGON/SIAM CENTER/SIAM DISCOVERY closed

• 10:39 a.m: Thumping rain in Bangkok this morning has sent many Red Shirts running for cover. Protest site emptiest its been in days.

• 12:24 p.m: Bangkok Post: Thailand future "precarious." Thaksin party a threat to "revered institution," civil war possible: http://tinyurl.com/y2ydxkq

• 7:23 p.m: The waiter in the Japanese restaurant I'm in just blamed the lack of tuna on the Red Shirts. Thaksin, what have you done??

April 18:

• 10:16 a.m: Red Shirt leaders claim part of army would defend Reds if new crackdown. "Tanks would fire at one another."

• 12:51 p.m: Thai Red Shirt protestors plan move to Silom banking district, military says will block them. Silom "out of bounds."

• 4:48 p.m: Thailand "Red Shirts" plan mass rally Tuesday, call on supporters to withdraw savings from "symbol of the aristocrats" Bangkok Bank.

• 5:56 p.m: Thailand: Pro-government "Yellow Shirts" give military one week to end Red Shirt protests or will act "to preserve the nation and monarchy"

• 5:59 p.m: Thai army vows to block Red Shirts if they try to move protest to Silom financial district: http://tinyurl.com/y7npxy6

April 19

• 10:16 a.m: Thailand: Red Shirt leaders back away from clash with military, cancel plans to expand protest to Silom Road financial district.

• 12:57 p.m: Shoppers, Yellow Shirts and soldiers in riot gear mingling on Silom Road. Bizarre. Half of Bangkok still acting like place not falling apart

• 1:01 p.m: Army Humvee parked where the food inspector's car should be in front of KFC on Silom Road.

• 1:24 p.m: Shopping among the soldiers on Silom Road, Bangkok

• 2:04 p.m: Barbed wire, soldiers on Silom Road, Bangkok

• 2:23 p.m: Also popular outcry to suspend Haibao, the suspicously Gumby-like mascot RT @BreakingNews: Shanghai Expo theme song on plagiarism "hiatus"

• 2:33 p.m: Red Shirts, not police, control Chitlom BTS station over demo site

• 7:58 p.m: Uh-oh. Intercontinental Hotel in centre of Red Shirt protests in Bangkok closing its doors, citing troop movements.

• 10:05 p.m: Sigh. Terrorists, terrorists, terrorists. I moved out of the Middle East to escape the word, now everyone in Thailand is using it.

April 20

• 10:22 a.m: is being evicted from my second hotel this week. You'd think I was throwing TVs out the window.

• 10:32 a.m: Red Shirts have erected black tarp over main stage area in central Bangkok. Will obscure both the sun and the view of anyone spying above.

• 11:59 a.m: Death toll from Qinghai earthquake now over 2,000. Another 200 still missing.

• 4:27 p.m: Mood still tense, Red Shirts on motorbikes patrolling beyond usual protest camp borders, some carrying bamboo poles.

• 10:05 p.m: Amnesty International: "All sides in Thailand's widening political conflict should immediately commit to ending human rights abuses."

• 10:05 p.m: Amnesty "urges [Thai government]to provide accountability for any violations by security forces as well as abuses by violent protesters."

April 21

• 10:21 a.m:Thailand's Red Shirts preparing for new army move, building tire barriers at all six entrances to their central Bangkok protest site.

• 5:22 p.m: As both sides talk war, there are scattered reports that negotiations are finally taking place... #thailand

• 7:23 p.m: Extremely tense now at Silom front line. Hundreds of Yellows chanting "get out!" at Reds from behind line of soldiers.

• 7:24 p.m: Tuk-tuk backfired near front line between army, Reds, and everyone ducked. #thailand

• 7:30 p.m: Pro-government demonstrators chant "Get out" at Reds from behind line of soldiers #thailand

• 8:40 p.m: The Red Shirts' impressive bamboo fort at top of Silom Road

• 8:32 p.m: Red Shirts have expanded positions north of Lumphini Park. Checking IDs of drivers before allowing them to pass. #thailand

• 8:33 p.m: As army defends Silom financial district, Reds slowly taking over other parts of Bangkok beyond long-time camp.

• 8:35 p.m: Red Shirt guards check cars on road north of Lumphini Park Twitpic

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